Courses Details

EHS651: Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Description: This course introduces future leaders of plant and corporate level occupational health, safety and environmental programs to the breadth of functions and activities routinely performed by OHSE managers. Among the topics discussed are: OHSE organization structure and staffing, management systems, program content and metrics, budgeting, risk management, incident investigation and management, emergency preparedness and response, regulatory compliance, legal systems, health and safety culture, and prevention through design processes.
  • Course Goals: Students who have taken this course are expected to achieve a set of learning objectives by acquiring knowledge about key concepts, principles, ideas and facts. In addition, they are expected to acquire a set of competencies reflecting skills relevant to the practice of occupational and environmental health. The following tables summarize these expectations.
  • Competencies: Describe the role and scope of OHSE programs (1) Implement OHSE audit programs and protocols, including conformance with ANSI Z10 and ISO 14000 requirements. (2) Develop and defend program budgets, and justify projects aimed at meeting OHSE objectives. (3) Write OHSE policies and action plans, and set measurable performance goals for organizations. (4) Understand and communicate effectively with insurance brokers and underwriters. (5) Participate effectively in workers compensation case management. (6) Conduct and evaluate basic accident/incident investigations. (7) Lead the development of simple emergency preparedness and response plans. 8) Describe regulatory processes and provide compliance advice to professionals outside of the OHSE domain. (9) Properly maintain an OSHA 300 log. (10) Describe basic legal proceedings and participate in lawsuit discovery processes. (11) Provide process leadership in product stewardship, prevention through design, and other engineering processes aimed at reducing hazard and liability exposures. (12) Identify factors affecting OHSE culture within an organization. (13) Develop a training matrix for an organization based on regulatory compliance and needs analysis. (14) Successfully manage a plant level OHSE program, or contribute significantly to the management of OHSE functions at the corporate level.
  • Learning Objectives: Students will gain a fundamental understanding of: (1) How OHSE programs are typically organized, the roles and responsibilities of OHSE managers, and expectations of other OHSE stakeholders in the organization. (2) Challenges associated with managing personnel and processes, including dealing with ethical issues, setting goals and measuring performance, hiring and training professionals, and managing consultants. (3) Financial aspects of program management, such as risk management and insurance, budgeting, workers compensation, and legal liability for both corporate activities and products. (4) Incident investigation and management, as well as emergency planning and response management. (5) Regulatory rulemaking, inspections, and compliance management processes.